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Norway to upgrade ‘doomsday’ seed vault

Oslo | Reuters — Norway plans to spend 100 million Norwegian crowns (C$16.1 million) to upgrade a doomsday seed vault on an Arctic island built 10 years ago to protect the world’s food supplies, the government said on Friday. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is meant as a natural deep freeze to back up the […] Read more

India, Canada to work up pulse export protocols

The prime ministers of Canada and India have agreed to sort out new and predictable rules governing exports of Canadian pulse crops. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on a state visit this week to India, released a joint statement with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday calling for the two countries to reach a new […] Read more



soybeans

U.S. grains: Soybeans near one-year high

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures neared a one-year high on Friday as concerns mounted about crop losses from a searing drought in Argentina, the world’s biggest exporter of soymeal and soyoil. Argentina, which is also the world’s No. 3 supplier of soybeans and corn, has been grappling with dry weather since late last […] Read more

Reporter’s Notebook: Removing the stigma of clubroot

If we’re going to deal with clubroot, we need to consider the psychological issues

Back in 2015, I was in Australia, talking to farmers and others in agriculture about how they were handling herbicide resistance. Australian farmers have the unenviable task of dealing with weeds that are resistant to several modes of action. The country ranks number two globally for the number of herbicide-resistant weeds. During that trip, Brad […] Read more



Canola exports slow down in latest weekly report

CNS Canada — Weekly Canadian canola exports were down during the week ended Sunday, hitting their lowest level since September 2017, according to the latest Canadian Grain Commission data. Canada exported only 129,000 tonnes of canola during the latest reporting period, which compares with the previous five-week average of 194,800 tonnes. Total canola exports during […] Read more

Okanagan

Alberta halts ban on B.C. wine

Alberta will resume imports of wine from British Columbia starting Friday, as the B.C. government prepares to take its concerns over piping crude oil to court. In a brief statement Thursday, Alberta’s Premier Rachel Notley said the province has suspended its ban on B.C. wine and will again allow “ordering, receiving and transportation” of B.C. […] Read more





corn harvest

U.S. grains: Soy, corn futures about flat

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. grain and soy futures were about flat on Thursday in largely technical-driven trading as investors awaited supply and demand estimates from an annual U.S. Department of Agriculture forum due early on Friday. USDA on Thursday predicted U.S. plantings of corn and soybeans at 90 million acres each and wheat slightly […] Read more

Crop advisor casebook: Soybean disease or chemical injury?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the February 20, 2018 issue of Grainews

Ryan owns a mixed dairy and grain farm north of Saskatoon, Sask. At the beginning of June, we were scouting Ryan’s soybean field when we discovered brown mottling on the plants’ leaves. These dark brown spots were present largely on the unifoliate leaves as well as on some of the cotyledons. The soybean plants’ trifoliate […] Read more